Council releases BeWILDerwood report after deciding not to appeal commissioners decision

Knutsford Guardian: Council decides to release BeWILDerwood report Council decides to release BeWILDerwood report

CHESHIRE East Council has decided not to appeal an order made by the information commissioner that told the authority it must release a report about the BeWILDerwood project to a member of the public.

In January the Information Commissioner’s Office ordered the authority to release the 17-page document ‘Tatton Park Report pt 2’ after its officers rejected the request from a Knutsford resident in June 2012.

The request related to the council’s plans to build the BeWILDerwood playground in the park in conjunction with Bure Valley Adventures Ltd.

The council refused the document request from the resident on the grounds of commercial confidentiality and intellectual property rights.

But the resident then complained to the commissioner, and the office agreed that the council was wrong to block the document being released.

The council was set a deadline of today, Tuesday, February 12, to respond to that order but decided not to appeal the decision – and the report has now been released to the public.

The council told the Guardian that ‘as part of its commitment to open and transparent decision making, the council has chosen not to challenge the Information Commissioner’s findings that a confidential cabinet document should be released to the public’.

The council added that in rare circumstances, it felt it needed to keep sensitive business information confidential, initially, to allow negotiations to take place and get the best deal for local taxpayers and residents.

Cr Jamie Macrae, cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity and economic regeneration, said: “We understand the interest in this matter but we have taken the appropriate advice at all stages of the process and have acted fully within this.

“The Information Commissioner has accepted this but we felt it was important to clear the air, so that we could start a fresh and more positive conversation about the best way to secure Tatton’s future.”

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11:36am Wed 13 Feb 13

PetersRock says...

As a local Mobberley Councillor, what a pity that Cllr Macrae has taken his eye off the ball in respect of the essential need of local people to access local public transport, local social care services, and local NHS services.

Turning our local parkland amenity into a theme park worthy of Disney, will, I am sure further alienate his electors.
As a local Mobberley Councillor, what a pity that Cllr Macrae has taken his eye off the ball in respect of the essential need of local people to access local public transport, local social care services, and local NHS services. Turning our local parkland amenity into a theme park worthy of Disney, will, I am sure further alienate his electors. PetersRock

2:22pm Wed 13 Feb 13

whitevanman says...

PetersRock wrote:
As a local Mobberley Councillor, what a pity that Cllr Macrae has taken his eye off the ball in respect of the essential need of local people to access local public transport, local social care services, and local NHS services.

Turning our local parkland amenity into a theme park worthy of Disney, will, I am sure further alienate his electors.
"Turning our local parkland amenity into a theme park worthy of Disney"

(a) It's not a parkland amenity, currently it is fenced off private land.

(b) Disney? Hardly comparable.

Disneyland - Eight themed lands covering 65 hectares of densely packed structures. 16 million visitors in 2011. 20 000 staff and 3 hotels.

Bewilderwood - 15 hectares of woodland. No permanent structures. Annual visitors, probably about the same as the five days of the RHS show (100 000+). Probably about 50 staff, mostly part time. Hotels, none planned. (Bewilderwood figures for staff and visitors use the phrase "up to" and are, at best, optimistic.)

Plan anything nowadays and all you hear is people using wild inaccuracies , made up "facts" and hysteria to hide their own self interest and nimbyism. This plethora of Sad, Tired, Ageing, G*ts is I suppose the byproduct of an ageing population.

(takes off troll hat)
[quote][p][bold]PetersRock[/bold] wrote: As a local Mobberley Councillor, what a pity that Cllr Macrae has taken his eye off the ball in respect of the essential need of local people to access local public transport, local social care services, and local NHS services. Turning our local parkland amenity into a theme park worthy of Disney, will, I am sure further alienate his electors.[/p][/quote]"Turning our local parkland amenity into a theme park worthy of Disney" (a) It's not a parkland amenity, currently it is fenced off private land. (b) Disney? Hardly comparable. Disneyland - Eight themed lands covering 65 hectares of densely packed structures. 16 million visitors in 2011. 20 000 staff and 3 hotels. Bewilderwood - 15 hectares of woodland. No permanent structures. Annual visitors, probably about the same as the five days of the RHS show (100 000+). Probably about 50 staff, mostly part time. Hotels, none planned. (Bewilderwood figures for staff and visitors use the phrase "up to" and are, at best, optimistic.) Plan anything nowadays and all you hear is people using wild inaccuracies , made up "facts" and hysteria to hide their own self interest and nimbyism. This plethora of Sad, Tired, Ageing, G*ts is I suppose the byproduct of an ageing population. (takes off troll hat) whitevanman

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